Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man's Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss.
This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones. Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic... and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as The Name of the Wind, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must for all fantasy fans.
Engaging and gripping, The Wise Man's Fear is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.
©2011 Patrick Rothfuss (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group Limited
Having only just finished listening to "The Name of The Wind" which I thought was wonderful from start to finish I jumped wholeheartedly into the second of the series, "The Wise Man's Fear".
Rupert Degas gives one of my favourite deliveries of any audio narrator with this series. I often find myself preferring to listen to a great narrator reading a fairly good book than a poor narrator reading a fantastic book. It really makes a huge difference.
Thankfully, like the previous title, this audiobook is blessed with both excellent writing and narration. Patrick Rothfuss' intelligent and descriptive style is brought to life by Degas. The book is littered with detail that doesn't get in the way of the plot and characterisation is believable and rewarding. Rothfuss' pacing is nearly always spot on and he's fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
So why only four stars? Well, unlike "The Name of the Wind", this book feels a little disjointed. While the individual chapters are finely crafted, the book reads somewhat like a set of short stories. Kvothe's seems to just end up going from place to place after neatly wrapping up each story arc. It almost feels lazy, the way he bumps into a character, or is given a task which sends him on his way to the next part of the novel. This by no means ruins the book, but I did expect more from Rothfuss who is clearly is an extremely talented writer.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the major part of this novel, and while I don't hold in quite the high regard as "The Name of the Wind" it's still a very good continuation of the series. I eagerly look forward to the next one.
Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles is on par with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. The large number of different directions and plots the ‘The Name of the Wind’ covers is dramatically expanded in ‘The Wise Man's Fear’. The world that Patrick Rothfuss has created around the life and tales of the central character Kvothe is incredible and the way the story is link as if a biography is inspirational. These are audio books that I will be listening to again and again; the books are incredibly well crafted, with fantastic audio book narration. I highly recommend them.
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, PBrett, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too
I find that the problem with trilogies is that either 1) book #2 becomes the stuffing in the middle and nothing very much happens, or 2) the second book is just as good as the first, and when it finishes you go charging off to download the final instalment to find it's not yet released, so then you go off to the author's website to find there isn't even an indication of when the third instalment will be written! Much frustration and gnashing of teeth....and trawling through audible looking for a substitute fix (unsuccessfully). This book undoubtedly falls into the latter category!! A worthy sequel. (Although some might say that to suck one's audience into a tale like this, and then leave them hanging is positively cruel. Far too many loose ends, and enticing hints at what is to come)
The only time I felt concern that we might be entering "padding it out territory" was when Kvothe begins to study the Ketan, and with it the never-ending and unresolved exploration of the philosophy of the Lethani. Apart from this, the pace of the first book is maintained. Kvothe remains the imperfect yet very likeable hero.
The interludes, set in the present with the very much weaker Kote, are surely setting the scene for a rich third and final instalment? ....come on Patrick Rothfuss, gives us a clue as to when we can expect the completion of Kvothe's story.
I cannot fault Rupert Degas' performance. He manages to give every character a unique, and fitting voice - even for the women. Masterful.
Little time to "read" plenty of commuting & running time to listen.
As a follow on to the fantastic Name of the Wind - this is absolutely perfect. The story is wonderful, the characters detailed - the narration excellent. No idea when part 3 will be available but I hope that Rupert Degas is available to read it. A perfect combination.
If you want to get completely lost in another world - and enjoy the fantasy genre - listen to Name of the Wind and then The Wise Man's Fear. You will NOT regret it.
Fan of urban fantasy, especially set in London, & Victorian gothic. A bit of steampunk & cyperpunk too. Oh, and Georgette Heyer (sorry).
Well, this is splendid. I am quite picky about fantasy and can't bear the usual cliches. Patrick Rothfuss has created a full realised universe and for once the characterisation is as important as the epic sweep of the story.
Rupert Degas is a fabulous narrator with lovely rich voice. He always manages to portray the right amount of emotion and clearly distinguishes between people. A good narrator makes or breaks a book and can make a good book unputdownable (unstoplistenable? - need a new word for audio books)
As with The Name of the Wind (the first book in this series), I absolutely loved this book. Completely engrossing and superb narration as ever from Rupert Degas. Well worth the credit / money!
The 'fantasy' genre should have a special section just for books like these.
I've already listened to and read The Wise Man's Fear and The Name of the Wind several times and can see that the trilogy will be an enduring favourite in my collection, to revisit time and time again.
The richness and colour of the writing combined with the brooding, emotionally flawed character of Kvothe are compulsively absorbing.
I grew up with Lord of the Rings and have a deep connection with it, these 'Kvothe Chronicles' although different in substance, have created the same feeling of involvement, a very special place to escape to!
Rupert Degas gives a superb interpretation, the most gorgeous voice with no irritating phoney accents.
Bring on the next book.
I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks
I have never read anything like this series, I can’t wait to read it’s conclusion.
Story – 4.5/5
Once again, I was sucked in and absorbed into the live of Kvothe, even more so than the first book it seems. This book probably developed more slowly than the first, but with good reason. The story, to me, seems like it is developing such an in depth view of the character, and his entire life story, ready for a huge conclusion that will have a large emotional impact on the reader.
Once again, there were happy, sad, funny and scary moments throughout, and Patrick Rothfuss’ stunning prose smoothly took us on a ride with all of these emotions. How he can describe the way Kvothe plays music in such a way to make it believably beautiful is something I have never experienced before, and a skill that I admire.
There were one or two small moments where I drifted from the story due to being a bit too long (the only thing preventing it getting a 5), but this is minor, I am still contempt that this is one of the best fantasy series ever written, and everyone, fantasy fan or not, should give this a go.
Performance – 5/5
Rupert Degas is one of the very best narrators out there. His voice acting is as if he had a full cast of actor’s doing it for him, even the female voices don’t remind you that it is a male narrator like in most audio books
He really helps to enhance the Kingkiller chronicle’s atmosphere, and make these audio books into something amazing. When you can just relax, and never have to wonder what is happening, or who is saying what, you know you have an amazing audio book narrator. I would purchase other books based on RD narrating alone.
The added sound effects between chapters are a nice touch and add to the atmosphere.
Overall – 4.5/5
Not only an entertaining story but a an audible delight. The author's command of language is exceptional.
This is a knife's edge continuation of the story begun in "The Name of the Wind". As with "A Song of Fire and Ice" constant climax and anti-climax, joy and disaster are expected as frequent components of the story. However Patrick Rothfuss succeeds in constantly surprising the reader despite knife edge anticipation, the nature of the twists and turns of the story are mostly unexpected by the listener always coming as an intriguing surprise.
Initially I found Ruper Degas somewhat drone and dull after listening to Roy Dotrice and Tony Robinson recently. However after a short period of adaptation i've grown extremely fond of him. His tone and timbre match Kvothe perfectly. So stick with it if you are initially put off.
I know I am very much going against the flow in Fantasy circles in not getting excited about Patrick Rothfuss but I just don't see it. I quite enjoyed the Name of the Wind which is a better than average first installment of a fantasy series, laying the ground work with interesting characters and revealing just enough back story to pique further interest. It didn't really feel like it went anywhere but that was OK since it was setting up the series.
The problem with The Wise Man's Fear is that it is more of the same. I had expected the second part of what I believe is meant to be a trilogy to start moving the pace along a bit. That we would start to learn more of Kvothe's life and why he is so notorious in this World. Instead it was Harry Potter the University Years. Very well written, yes, but with no discernable point and, by the end of this book, deeply frustrating.
There is a lot here that I like: great characters richly developed; a coherent and interesting but unobtrusive fantasy world; a low level of magic and supernatural elements; but there needs to be something more than just a character study. The narrative needs to move on and I don't feel any closer to knowing the story of Kvothe after the second book than I did after the first. This vaucousness combines particularly poorly with having to pay for two audiobooks for one book to leave me feeling a little bit cheated
This has definately become one of my favourite sagas, and is beautifully read by Rupert Degas. Highly recommend these imaginative, adventurous books, and I can't wait for the next installment.
"More of the best"
As you find more and more about the chandrian, Kvothe's progress in the school and the secrets of the university you only want more more more.
"A fascinating new world - Refreshingly different"
The reader is truly excellent. I read book two (rather than listenning to it) and it was simply not as good. The plot is original. I was entranced. hard to put down is the only problem.
Now i'm hanging out for book 3 (day 3) which appears is not yet written - gutted when i realised this.
"Terrific sequel! Keeps getting better."
The Name of the wind and Wise mans fear are simply my favourite Audiobooks. The story is great and I just need to find out what is happening next. Hurry up with the next one. Please. Please please.
"Creative and well written!"
Rothfuss has a refreshing take on the classic Fantasy epic. A Really good listen!
He brings the characters to life in a great way
Quite humorous at times!
I haven't read the print version
Tempe has to be one of the most solid secondary characters so far -
A wonderful array of character voices.
The Fairy seer creature in the tree was wonderfully creepy!!
"Another Tale that won't end!"
I began the book in a cynical frame of mind, as I recgnized the now familiar trend in fantasy fiction to drag out a story with meaningless meanderings,and thereby reduce the picture frame to a blotch of too many characters and no dimensions. I am afraid I was right. The landscape while beautifully afixed, has too many flitting two dimensional charcters who do not develop depth and personality,much in the sad tradition of George RR Martin. It is a crowded tale that does not bring anticipation for the future of the main character.Qvoth is a classic narcissist who manipulates all circumstances to suit himself and does not inspire my sympathy. His relationships appear to only serve his ego.
Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny.
The narrator did a splendid job given the matter.
I think Patrick Rothfuss need not trouble himself to continue this series as it is evident the story has nowhere further to go.
"Just gets better"
This whole series so far has been my favorite? It's addictive.
Robert Jordan or Raymond E Feist is how I compare this series. The story and characters are never boring and every chapter has a new twist, turn or surprise.
He brings every character to life in your mind and his accents are so clever. His voice and tone are easy to listen to and in over 60 hrs of listening to him I've never wanted to switch him off.
I laughed many times and felt exasperated at others when things didn't go the way you wanted for the characters.
Highly recommend this author and narrated.
"It gets better!"
Book 2 of the kingkiller chronicles ends up being better than the first book in most parts. Here Kvothe is shown kind of "growing up" and and metaphorically speaking "getting his karate lessons".
There are some great original quotes in the book, which relate to the title of the book.
However, I still want to strangle Denna as she adds little to the story beyond a certain amount.
People who've listened to the first book can see more action here in more ways than one. This book isn't PG13 so be careful.
"Just as good as book 1."
He gets the characters, just perfect.
If you love a great adventure and really amazing story, then this book is for you.
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